If you are a landlord in North Carolina whose tenant(s) has fallen behind on rent due to COVID-19, there may be financial assistance available.
How can I find assistance with past due rent payments?
All 100 counties in North Carolina have or will have Emergency Rental Assistance Programs (ERAP) available to those who have been financially impacted by COVID-19. Some of these programs will require the tenant to apply, but some will allow the landlord to apply on behalf of the tenant.
To find rental assistance programs in your county, visit nc211.org/rent-assistance and answer the screening questions. If the program(s) in your county does not allow the landlord to apply, pass the information along to your tenant(s).
How can I best help my tenant catch up on missed rent payments?
The best way to help your tenant and ensure that you receive past-due rent payments is to pass along information about available programs in your county and complete all the necessary paperwork in a timely manner.
To receive funding from Emergency Rental Assistance Programs, you will be required to sign a landlord-tenant agreement, promising you will not evict the tenant for a set amount of time.
Who is eligible for the rental assistance programs?
While eligibility does vary slightly by county, generally renters who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 and meet income limits are eligible to apply for payment assistance. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Lost job or reduced hours
- Increased childcare expenses
- Medical expenses due to COVID-19
How many months of rent payments will the rental assistance programs provide?
This will vary by county, but generally ranges between 6-12 months maximum.
My tenant already received assistance from the HOPE Program. Can they apply for an Emergency Rental Assistance Program again?
Yes. If you received past due rent payments from the HOPE Program, your tenant can apply for an Emergency Rental Assistance Program again, assuming they meet all eligibility requirements. The maximum amount of assistance a tenant can receive from the HOPE Program is 12 months and the first round of funding counts towards this limit.
CLICK HERE for more Frequently Asked Questions about the HOPE Program.
What should I know about eviction laws during COVID-19?
The state and federal temporary eviction moratoriums are scheduled to expire on June 30, 2021. Regardless of the status of the federal moratorium, Governor Cooper’s Executive Order No. 206 will prevent eviction through June 30, 2021 in North Carolina. The tenant is responsible for completing the affidavit and delivering it to the landlord. To find out who is eligible for eviction protection and read more details about how the process works, click here.
Need more information?
Dial 2-1-1 or 1-888-892-1162 to speak with a trained call specialist, available 24/7/365.
SOURCES: NC HOPE Program, Governor Roy Cooper, CDC